• All Category Winners, Runner-Ups, and Nominees in all award classes will receive our official laurel corresponding to your specific award class as a digital download that you may use in thumbnails, posters, pamphlets, DVD cases, etc. for promoting or advertising your winning film. Your film will also be announced at our live screening, featured on the WINNERS page of and promoted on all related social media pages.
  • All Category Winners will, in addition to receiving all aforementioned prizes, receive a 6 month subscription to* services.
  • All Jury Prize winners will, in addition to receiving all aforementioned prizes, receive a 1 YEAR FREE subscription to* services and your film will be screened at our public event where we host live Q&A with the winning filmmakers in person or via Skype.
  • Grand Jury Prize winners will, in addition to receiving all aforementioned prizes, be awarded with an original, hand-decorated and framed award certificate bearing the name, director and key cast of your award winning production.

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We are currently working in collaboration with our partners to bring award winning films a more diverse range of prizes including: film tools and digital content downloads from reputable design companies, branded merchandise and cash prizes.


We understand the frustration of constraining your work to a specific genre. Categories stifle artistic evaluation and restrict your film from receiving diverse recognition. At Baretower Forge your film is judged on a high standard of excellence across multiple award groups so your entry is automatically eligible for multiple award selections. Depending on the number of entries competing for a given award, each award class may be presented to winning films as either “Runner-Up” or “Nominee” with the exception of “Jury Prizes”. Ex: (your film could win “Best Picture”, “Best Picture - Runner-Up” or “Best Picture - Nominee”.) We do not adhere to a minimum award requirement and there is no guarantee that all award classes or their divisions will be issued every month. Our screening is held at Town Run Brewing Company located at 202 E Washington St, Shepherdstown, WV, on the first Wednesday of every month from 7:00PM to 9:00PM EST. The event is open to the public and there is no admission charge. Awards are presented to productions showcasing extraordinary skills in the following award classes:


Grand Jury Prize

Awarded to a production entirely by unanimous decision whose outstanding qualities and skill of execution stand most distinguished among others.

Second Jury Prize

Awarded to a production entirely by unanimous decision whose outstanding qualities and skill of execution stand second most distinguished among others.

Third Jury Prize

Awarded to a production entirely by unanimous decision whose outstanding qualities and skill of execution stand third most distinguished among others.

Best Picture

Awarded for visually
stunning and immersive imagery.

Best Sound Design

Awarded for outstanding
production technique.

Best Original Score 

Awarded to films featuring expressive
or complex musical compositions.

Best Cinematography

Awarded to productions
showcasing excellent camera work.

Best Acting/Performance

Awarded for exceedingly believable
or moving character performance.

Best Plot Development

Awarded for truly expressive or emotionally complex storylines
and plot dynamics.

Best Set Design

Awarded for authentic environments,
scenery and intricate set designs

Best Costume Design

Awarded for detailed, realistic or complex
costume, makeup and character design.

Best Special FX

Awarded for exceptionally
complex or convincing special effects.

Best Animation

Awarded for professional, fluid, clean and
creative motion graphics and animation.

Most Innovative Production

Awarded to films featuring inventive and unconventional methods of production (entry must include production photos, video or documentation).